The Great Himalaya Trail – Climate Smart Celebrity Trek in January,2012

Record setting mountaineer Apa Sherpa and Ambassador of Climate for Life Campaign Dawa Steven Sherpa are all set to take the 1,700 KM and 120 days long Great Himalaya Trail on 15th January, 2012. The event which is titled ‘The Great Himalaya Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT)’ is organized by the Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI), Government of Nepal, DFID, British Council, SNV and GHTDP Partners. Organizers plan to solicit support from national and international celebrities for this event. The aim of the event is to raise global awareness on the impacts of Climate Change in the Himalayas and establish GHT as the world’s highest long-distance walking trail and Nepal’s newest tourism product among travelers and tourism professionals worldwide and highlight it’s pro-poor, sustainable and “climate smart” approach.
Taking on the 1,700 KM and 120 days long Great Himalaya Trail, participants of GHT-CSCT will begin their trek from Ghunsa in Taplejung district and will complete it at Darchula in Far Western Nepal. They will traverse through the foot hills of eight of the world’s highest peaks and 20 districts in the mid-hills and low mountains of Nepal.

Nepal recieves Record Number of Visitors in October 2011

Visitor arrivals in the month of October 2011 crossed the 70,000 mark for monthly air arrival for the first time in the  history of tourism in  Nepal. According to figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA),  visitor arrivals in October increased by 16.8% to 73,264 as compared to the same month last year.
Arrivals from Asia (excluding SAARC region) saw overall increase of 40%. The Asian market recorded a positive growth with arrivals from China at 105.9%, South Korea 29.4%, Thailand 23.6% and Japan  at 7.3% . SAARC region also posted positive growth of 19.4%.

But the highest number of visitors were recorded from the European sector, with total visitor arrivals of 34166, an overall positive growth of 15.1%. Arrivals from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Israel, Spain, Switzerland  and UK were up by 18.2%, 48.8%,19.3%,25.5%,88.3%, 20.7%,15.8%, and 7.3% respectively. Arrivals from the United States of America  also went up by 5.4%.

Notable World Records on the Mountains – Spring 2011

Notable World Records on the Mountains this Spring 2011:

  1. Apa Sherpa,  reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time – a new world record on 11 May, 2011.
  2. Phurba Tashi Sherpa with 28 ascents to 8000m peaks is now the person with the most number of ascents to the top of 8000m peaks. He has climbed Mt. Everest 19 Times (Second to Apa Sherpa), Mt. Cho Oyu 5 times, Mt. Manaslu 2 times, Mt. Shishapagma once and Mt.Lhotse once.
  3. Swiss Speed Climber Ueli Steck became the record holder for fastest ascent of Mt. Shishapangma (10hrs 30mins  ). He reached the Summit of Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) via the South Face Route on 17th April.
  4. American Charlie Wittmack, reached the top of Mt. Everest and became the first person to complete the World Triathlon– an 8,000-mile race from the English Channel to Mount Everest, which the BBC has called “the toughest human endurance event ever conceived”. He accomplished his trip to Nepal by swimming over the Thames river in England & the English Channel and cycling all the way to Tibet from Calais in France.
  5. Chhurim Dolma Sherpa (27yrs) of Nepal became the first Woman to summit Mt. Everest twice in one climbing season (12 May and 19 May).
  6. Carlos Soria (72yrs) of Spain is the oldest person to summit Mt. Lhotse. He reached the top of Mt. Lhose on 21 May.
  7. Arjun Vajpai (17 yrs 11mths) from India became the youngest mountaineer to summit Mt. Lhotse.

Nepal to host IHRA World Congress

Nepal will be hosting the world congress of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA) in the first week of December, 2011. The IHRA with 300,000 hotels and 800,000 restaurants worldwide as its members was founded in 1946 as an international trade organization representing the interests of hotels and restaurants. Nepal had won the bid for hosting the IHRA World Congress for the year 2011 during the IHRA’s  47th annual congress held in Belgrade, Serbia fin January, 2010. Prime Minister Khanal has promised all possible support to the event and expressed hope that the event would help promote the ongoing Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
The last IHRA world congress in Kathmandu was held way back in 1968.

Tribhuvan International Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s only international airport, is taking steps to curtail air traffic congestion and takeoff and landing delays. In this regard the airport is planning to  start round-the-clock operation from October. At present, the airport is operational for only 18 hours a day although it is open for 24 hours. TIA handles 27 international airlines and 13 domestic carriers. With Nepal Tourism Year-2011 targeting 700,000 air passengers, and international airlines increasing their flight frequency, it’s  high time for the sole  international airport in Nepal to become fully operational, 24 hrs.

Volunteering in Nuwakot

Kirsten, one of our Norwegian volunteers is assisting the health workers  at the Nuwakot village Health Post.


Kirsten at the health post-  getting to follow up on patients,  checking their pulse, cleaning wounds etc.


This old lady suffered a fall and hurt her neck and shoulders.  Kirsten who is studying physiotherapy, is helping her with some exercises.

(Photos courtesy : Kirsten & Taliah)

Volunteering/ GAP Year

Norwegian Volunteers in Nuwakot

Fresh out of high school, Kirsten Bjørge and Taliah Sheffer from Norway are here in Nepal on a GAP year break.  As they want to spend their holidays doing something productive, these two young ladies have signed up for  Explore Himalaya’s GAP Year & volunteering program in Nuwakot. They left for Nuwakot village today. During their month long stay they will assist teachers at the village school (Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School), aid health post workers, get involved in community service and try their hands at farming (the traditional way!). Kirsten & Taliah will be staying with local families.

Kirsten & Taliah ( Explore Himalaya)

Watch this space for more updates on Kirsten & Taliah’s day-to-day activities.

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Tourist Arrivals Continue to Soar

The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) reveal that visitor arrivals in the month of February 2011 have increased by 12.2% to 37,584 as compared to the same month last year. The South Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 31.8% with arrivals from India growing to 39.9 % and Bangladesh with 14.4%.Arrivals from Japan, South Korea and Thailand have also increased by 5.2%, 29.9% and 39.6%. Arrivals from Europehave risen to 6.3% with arrivals from major generating markets such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia up by 20.1%, 10.6%, 3.0%, 44.3%, 71.0%,6.9% and 83.8%. Australia and Canada have also increased by 11.4% and 22.4%. Between January and  February 2011, international tourist arrivals to Nepal have risen by 18.4% to 70,498.